Journal Entry

(Unit 9: SHRM in an International Context)

Module Background

Unit 9: SHRM in an International Context

Organisations are increasingly operating in a global setting.  Even if their business is UK-based, it is likely that they’re involved in an international supply chain, or facing competition from abroad. We will explore the concept of globalization and the implications for the HR function.

To build on this, we will examine the nature of Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) to understand how HR management differs in these businesses. HR functions in all MNCs share the challenge of coordinating managers, employees, and people policies in more than one country.

This diversity presents a range of challenges, including how the organisational culture transfers into other national cultures, which may be very different from the home culture.  We will explore how HRM can be integrated with the strategic direction of the organisation and support the development of global people practices that add value across national boundaries.

In this unit we shall:

  • Consider the concept of globalization and the implications for organisations
  • Understand what a multi-national corporation (MNC) is and the SHRM challenges they face
  • Identify different strategies used by MNCs to manage SHRM challenges
  • Consider the importance of culture for globalisation and MNCs

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Define and explain the concept of globalisation
  • Explain how globalisation is impacting work and organisations
  • Appreciate the implications of globalisation for the practice of SHRM
  • Examine the structure, role and activities of international Human Resource Management functions in MNCs and the factors influencing these configurations

Unit 9 Reading

The reading in this unit will introduce the challenges facing SHRM in an international and global context. You will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by globalisation, and the different ways SHRM can manage the workforce in an international setting, to achieve strategic goals. A key part of this is understanding and managing the connection between organisational and national cultures.

Required Reading

Bailey, C., Mankin, D., Kelliher, C. and Garavan, T. (2018) Strategic Human Resource Management (2nd Ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Chapter 1 – The Global Context of Strategic Human Resource Management

Additional Reading

Beardwell, J. and Thompson, A (2014) Human Resource Management: a contemporary approach (7th Ed). Pearson.: Harlow. Online via the Essex eLibrary.

  • Chapter 17 – International HRM

Mullins, L.J. with Christy, G. (2016) Management & organisational behaviour. 11th ed. Harlow: Pearson. Online via the Essex eLibrary.

  • Chapter 18 – Organisational Culture and Change

Visual Resources
What is Organisational Culture ? Why Culture Matters To Your Organization